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COVID-19 Information and Updates

COVID-19 Vaccine

Check back here for upcoming information on the vaccine, distribution, and AnMed Health. Please make note that we are following CDC guidance and will not administer the COVID vaccine if you have had the COVID illness within 30 days or the antibody treatment within 90 days.
 

Updated September 24, 2021
AnMed Health provides two ways to receive the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 for individuals 12 years or older. Individuals can visit our in-person vaccine clinic and we also will have a drive through clinic launching on Friday, September 10th for individuals with ambulatory issues or who are wheelchair bound. Scroll down to view information on the drive through clinic. Walk-ins will be accepted at our in-person clinic but you can still schedule an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please call us at 864-512-2897 or schedule through MyChart. You can also visit VaxLocator to find additional vaccine locations near you.

As of September 24th, the CDC has approved Pfizer-BioNTech’s booster for individuals over age 65, in long-term care, people aged 50-64 with underlying medical conditions, and people aged 18-49 with underlying medical conditions. People aged 18-64 who are at risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of their occupational or institutional setting are also eligible to receive a booster shot. The public should schedule appointments for a booster shot through MyChart or by calling 512.2897.

 

In-Person COVID Vaccine Clinic

AnMed Health Healthy Futures Room
Oglesby Center
2000 E Greenville St
Anderson, SC 29621

Upcoming Vaccine Clinic Hours:
September 3rd - 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
September 10th - 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Beginning Monday, September 13th, the clinic will be open the following hours:
Monday - Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Thursday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

From Greenville Street: Take the entrance for Oglesby Center C across from Bojangles. Take the first road to your left. Follow the signs to the designated lot. Parking for the Vaccine Clinic will be located on the right and marked with flags. Enter the building using Entrance D that states Staff Only. The Healthy Futures Room will be located down the hall on your left.

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We have been advised that other locations will be offering the vaccine, so please continue to check the website www.scdhec.gov/vaxlocator to learn about other locations and their scheduling availability. We are excited about this important step toward a return to more normal conditions. However, as the vaccination roll-out continues, we ask residents to continue wearing a mask in public, socially distancing, and washing hands often.

Drive Through Vaccine Clinic

Beginning Friday, September 10th, AnMed Health will begin offering drive through COVID vaccines on Thursday's, Friday's, and  Saturday's for patients with ambulatory issues only. All other patients ages 12 and up must visit our vaccine clinic in the Healthy Futures Room of our North Campus by scheduling an appointment or walk-in.

Drive Through Hours:
Thursdays 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (September 23rd & 30th, and October 7th)
Fridays 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (beginning September 10th)
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (beginning September 11th)

Our drive through vaccine clinic will also be providing the flu vaccine. Senior citizens only will be allowed to receive their flu vaccine in the drive through on September 10th and 11th. Other indviduals will be able to receive their flu vaccine during drive through hours beginning Thursday, September 23rd.

You can schedule your vaccines any of these three ways
-Direct schedule online through MyChart.
-Call your AnMed Health primary care provider's office.
-Call our Centralized Scheduling department (First Call) at 864.512.2255


Frequently Asked Questions


How will I get scheduled to take the vaccine?
Individuals 12 years or older can use their MyChart account for scheduling an appointment at our vaccination clinic. You may also call 864-512-2897 to schedule an appointment. Open a MyChart Account

Which vaccine does AnMed Health administer?
AnMed Health administers the Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19, which received full FDA approval on August 23rd, 2021. This full approval applies for individuals 16 years and older. The emergency approval use is still in effect for ages 12-15.

Where can I receive the COVID vaccine with AnMed Health?
AnMed Health has an in-person vaccine clinic in the Healthy Futures Room at the North Campus, a drive through clinic also at the North Campus and the following AnMed Health practices also offer COVID-19 vaccination.
Please call the office directly for questions on hours: Clemson Family Medicine, Family Medicine Residency Program, Honea Path Family Medicine, Lakeside Family Medicine, Pendleton Family Medicine, Pediatric Associates, Transitional Care Medicine, Williamston Family Medicine, and Wren Family Medicine.

How should I prepare for my appointment to receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Please bring your insurance card, wear a short sleeved shirt and wear a mask to your appointment. If you are receiving a vaccine through the drive through clinic, everyone in the vehicle over 2 years of age should have be wearing a mask. Indiviuals in the vehicle receiving a vaccine should be sitting at a door or window and be wearing a short sleeve top. There should be no pets or animals in the vehicle.

Will a reaction check be required after vaccination? With any new vaccine administration a 15 minute reaction check is required. The COVID-19 vaccine will also require this 15 minute recheck.

Can I get my COVID-19 vaccine and flu vaccine at the same time?  
Yes. You can receive both at the same visit or you can receive them at separate visits with no waiting period between them. 

How many shots of COVID-19 vaccine will be needed?
All but one of the COVID-19 vaccines currently in Phase 3 clinical trials in the United States need two shots to be effective. The other COVID-19 vaccine uses one shot.

When will I need to get my second dose of the vaccine?
Get your second dose/shot as close as possible to the recommended time frame. For Pfizer, get your second shot 21 days after your first dose. It is best to get the second dose as close to on time as possible, but it is OK if it is delayed. CDC recommends getting the second dose within 6 weeks (42 days) after the first dose. However, if the 2nd dose is given beyond 42 days, there is no need to restart the series.
 
What about a 3rd shot?
Patients with solid organ transplants, or an equivalent level of immunosuppression, show increased antibody titers with the addition of a 3rd dose. For people who are moderately to severely immunocompromised, a 3rd shot is recommended a minimum of 28 days after the 2nd.

What about booster shots?
The FDA and CDC are studying the data to determine when the best time to give a booster shot is and who needs one. PNS continues to monitor this and we will implement booster shots as soon as the necessary approvals are in place.
 
How can I get a replacement of my COVID-19 vaccine card?
Requests for replacement COVID vaccine cards can be placed with the HIM department by calling 864.512.1258 or 864.512.1259. Please make requests by phone and not by walk-in visit to HIM.
 

Will I receive a bill for the Covid 19 Vaccine or its administration?
The Vaccine is provided at no cost, however we will file a claim for the administration of each injection to your insurance company. Patients will not receive a bill for this claim as most insurances will cover this charge. We also have a grant available to reimburse for self-pay patients.

Why do you need my traditional Medicare number, if I have Medicare advantage?
The directive from CMS is that these administrations will be paid directly from Medicare not Medicare advantage plans.

If I've already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated?
Yes. There is not enough information currently available to say if or for how long after infection someone is protected from getting COVID-19. Early evidence suggests natural immunity from COVID-19 may not last very long, but more studies are needed to better understand this. Until we have a vaccine available and the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices makes recommendations to CDC on how to best use COVID-19 vaccines, CDC cannot comment on whether people who had COVID-19 should get a COVID-19 vaccine.

Can I get a titer to see if I've had COVID-19?
Please contact your primary care provider if you are interested in COVID antibody testing.

Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I've had two doses of the vaccine?
Yes. While experts learn more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide under real-life conditions, it will be important for everyone to continue using all the tools available to us to help stop this pandemic, like covering your mouth and nose with a mask, washing hands often, and staying at least 6 feet away from others. Together, COVID-19 vaccination and following CDC's recommendations for how to protect yourself and others will offer the best protection from getting and spreading COVID-19. Experts need to understand more about the protection that COVID-19 vaccines provide before deciding to change recommendations on steps everyone should take to slow the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Other factors, including how many people get vaccinated and how the virus is spreading in communities, will also affect this decision.

How quickly after vaccination will I be protected?
It takes about 2-4 weeks to see an immune response.

How long does immunity last once I've been vaccinated?
We won't know how long immunity lasts until we have more data on how well it works.

Will I be protected if I just take the first vaccine? Do I really need the second one?
You must take both shots in order for the vaccine to be maximally effective.

Can I get a Pfizer vaccine if I already got a Moderna or Janssen vaccine?  
The COVID vaccines are not interchangeable. It’s recommended to follow the vaccine schedule unique to the vaccine you originally receive.

Has the vaccine been FDA approved?
The Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 received full FDA approval on August 23rd, 2021. This full approval applies for individuals 16 years and older. The emergency approval use is still in effect for ages 12-15.

How safe is the vaccine? Is it effective?
The FDA ensures vaccine safety according to rigorous standards that are in place. Ongoing safety monitoring will occur as vaccines are given. The vaccine has shown 95% efficacy in trials. Further information on effectiveness in "the real world" will be studied and monitored when the vaccine is released for public use.

Is it safe for pregnant or breast feeding women to get the vaccine?
Pregnant and recently pregnant people are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy might help protect babies against COVID-19. The CDC, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine all recommend vaccination for pregnant women. The CDC also recommends breastfeeding mothers receive the COVID-19-19 vaccine.

What are the side effects of the vaccine? What should I do if I have a reaction?
CDC and FDA encourage the public to report possible side effects (called adverse events) to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) external icon. This national system collects these data to look for adverse events that are unexpected, appear to happen more often than expected, or have unusual patterns of occurrence. Learn about the difference between a vaccine side effect and an adverse event. Reports to VAERS help CDC monitor the safety of vaccines. Safety is a top priority.
Healthcare providers will be required to report certain adverse events following vaccination to VAERS. Healthcare providers also have to adhere to any revised safety reporting requirements according to FDA's conditions of authorized use throughout the duration of any Emergency Use Authorization; these requirements would be posted on FDA's website external icon.
CDC is also implementing a new smartphone-based tool called v-safe to check-in on people's health after they receive a COVID-19 vaccine. When you receive your vaccine, you should also receive a v-safe information sheet telling you how to enroll in v-safe. If you enroll, you will receive regular text messages directing you to surveys where you can report any problems or adverse reactions you have after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine.